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Worried about ‘future-proofing’ your career? These professionals aren’t

Updated: 18 Jan 2016


IT Security Engineers, In-house Legal Counsels and Financial Planning & Analysis make the list of enviable professionals who do not need to ‘future-proof’ their career. According to recruiting experts Hays in China, demand for their skills is so high, and experts in these fields are in such short supply, that they can be confident there will be job opportunities for them in future.
According to the latest Hays Quarterly Report of skills in demand, experienced Salespeople, Corporate Banking Relationship Managers, Regional Sales Managers, HR Business Partners, Quality Managers/Directors and Academic Headsare also in high demand and are not expected to see demand wane any time soon.
“These professionals are well placed to find and keep jobs,” says Simon Lance, Managing Director of Hays in China. “They don’t need to ‘future-proof’ themselves as they already have the technical skills and experience employers will continue to need in future years.
“Provided they keep their skills up to date, remain connected to their industry through social media, networking and their recruiter, and are digitally literate, professionals in these areas will experience ongoing career success.”
According to the latestHays Quarterly Report, ‘future-proofed’ professions include those in:

Information Technology: Mobile and cloud computing is everywhere in China with users connected via multiple devices with multiple digital endpoints making security a huge issue. As a result, Security Engineers are in strong demand. Mobile App Developers and big data experts are also in continuously high demand.

Legal: In-house Counsels are in strong demand to protect businesses from exposure to legal risk, while junior Lawyers are a hiring focus for Chinese and foreign law firms. Private practise firms need junior Lawyers on staff who can bring in new clients.

Accountancy & Finance: Chief Financial Officers/Finance Directors are in high demand to help start-up companies set up robust financial systems. Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) talent is sought to work as a business partner, not just a data expert, in fast evolving finance departments, especially MNCs and large local companies. MNCs and large local companies also require Internal Audit experts. 

Sales & Marketing: Salespeople with a strong sales ability and good overall industry knowledge are in high demand, as are Marketing Analysts and Customer Insights Analysts as employers focus on big data. 

Banking & Financial Services: Corporate Banking Relationship Managers remain in high demand as the top five foreign banks turn their focus to the South China market. Customer Due Diligence/Know Your Client Team Managers with expert knowledge plus well developed people management skills are needed, as are Operations Risk Control Managers.

Life Sciences: Regional Sales Managers are in high demand to work in pharmaceutical and medical device organisations. Pharmaceutical companies need Marketing Managers, while SAS Programmers, Biostatisticians and Project Data Managers continue to be in very high demand. Due to government incentives and the shifting of research and development centres from Europe and the USA to China, Drug Discovery professionals are also sought.

Human Resources:  HR Business Partners are needed, as are Compensation & Benefits candidates to ensure the salary structures of MNCs are competitive. Mobility specialists are also in high demand to help develop succession plans.

Manufacturing & Operations: Quality leaders with strong communication and influencing skills are always in demand. Quality Managers/Directors are in particular demand amongst companies developing new business strategies, as quality is key to improving competitiveness.

Education: We have seen the creation of new roles such as Education Project Managers to lead relationship building with government bodies. Other roles in demand include Academic Heads with Sino-western experience to work in new bilingual schools opening in China and also University Representatives with all-round channel management skills to drive student acquisition and business opportunities.

To see the full list of skills in demand and trends for your industry, please visit
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Hays Specialist Recruitment (Shanghai) Co., Limited ("Hays China") operates across the public and private sector, dealing in permanent positions. Hays China’s eighteen specialisms span Accountancy & Finance, Banking, Architecture, Construction, Education, Engineering, Executive, Finance Technology, Human Resources, Hays Resource Management, Information Technology, Insurance, Life Sciences, Manufacturing & Operations, Oil & Gas, Property and Sales & Marketing.

Hays China operates four local offices in Shanghai, Beijing, Suzhou and Guangzhou. It is the local representative office for Hays plc, which is a global company. As at 30 June 2015 Hays employed 9,023 staff operating from 240 offices in 33 countries across 20 specialisms. For the year ended 30 June 2015, Hays reported net fees of £764.2 million and operating profit (pre-exceptional items) of £164.1 million. Hays placed around 63,000 candidates into permanent jobs and around 200,000 people into temporary assignments. 23% of Group net fees were generated in Asia Pacific.

Hays operates in the following countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Chile, China, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UAE, the UK and the USA.

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